Category Archives: Sunset Grill & Tap

Pucker Up: 12 Sour Beers that’ll Have You Hooked in No Time

Russian River Supplication Sour Ale

Sour beers aren’t for everyone. They’re definitely an acquired taste, and not everyone will acquire the taste for tart ales. Those who are daring enough to push their beer boundaries a bit, however, will very likely be rewarded. (Check out this post for details on the difference between “sour beer” and “wild beer.”)

I started drinking sour beers about a year ago, and I’m absolutely hooked today. It took a bartender at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass., to convince me to give sours a try beyond that first challenging sip. Now the first thing I do when I visit a beer bar is scan the draft/bottle list for sours.

It pays to start off slowly when wading into the waters of sour ales, though. The following list spotlights a dozen of my favorite sour beers, starting with some less-challenging sours and finishing up with some seriously sour brews. Most of these beers, with a few exceptions, can be found in quality craft beer shops throughout the United States. (Note: The Russian River beers at the bottom of the list are very hard to find outside of California, but they’re so damn good, I had to include them.)

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Barfly’s View: Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA

Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, Mass.

What the Sunset Grill & Tap lacks in atmosphere—it’s located in Boston’s Allston Village neighborhood, the heart of the city’s “college ghetto,” and it feels like it, especially on Friday and Saturday nights—the bar makes up for in beer selection.

Sunset has more than 100 taps on at any given time, with everything from brand new local craft brews to barrel-aged Belgians. And Sunset offers roughly 350 bottled brews, making Sunset’s craft beer selection the largest in the city of Boston. The bartenders are friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable. For these reasons, the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, Mass., makes my list of Boston’s best beer bars.

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